Archives: January 2017

Minor Prophet, Major Prayers

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Like us, Habakkuk wrestled with God in prayer. He questioned God’s silence and doubted God’s…

Praying the Prayers of the Bible

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Spending time in prayer is necessary to develop and maintain a personal relationship with God. In Praying the Prayers of the Bible, author James Banks provides a collection of prayers to help readers engage in intimate conversations with God. Readers can find prayers of praise and thanksgiving, prayers for wisdom and direction, prayers for blessing, and much more. This powerful…

Major prayers from a minor prophet Part 1

Have you ever felt like your prayers are hitting the ceiling? Well, you’re not alone. Today on Discover the Word, we will talk about prayer from a part of the Bible you might not turn to very often. We’re learning from a minor prophet how to develop major prayers. “Major Prayers from a Minor Prophet” begins today on Discover the Word!

When God seems silent Part 2

We know that prayer is a conversation but what do we do when God seems silent and it seems like we’re doing all the talking? The Bible tells us to wait on the Lord. But for how long? Today on Discover the Word, we continue a study in the book of Habakkuk. “Major Prayers from a Minor Prophet,” today on Discover…

When God says “wait” Part 3

The Internet has given us an appetite for immediacy! So, what do we do when God seems to say, “Wait”? Today on Discover the Word,  we continue a study in the book of Habakkuk, looking into a period in Israel’s history when prayer didn’t seem to make much difference. Listen today to Discover the Word!

A memorable image to help you keep praying Part 4

When we’re expecting to hear from someone, it’s easy to get anxious, checking our email continually or glancing at our phone to see if they’ve texted or called. We expect them to answer soon, and we don’t want to miss it. Today on Discover the Word, the team will discuss how prayer can be like eggs. It’s a memorable image…

What do you do when God is not answering your prayer? Part 5

We all respond differently to stress. Some exercise or clean the house,  while others crash on the sofa and get lost in sports or a movie. What do you do when you’re stressed and waiting to hear from God? We’ll see what Habakkuk did, today on Discover the Word, as the team continues our discussion about what to do when…

Discover the healing benefits of being honest in prayer Part 6

The only way to be fully loved is to be fully known. So, why do we resist being fully honest with God in prayer? Today on Discover the Word, we continue our discussion in the book of Habakkuk. Join us to discover the healing benefits of being completely honest in prayer. That’s today on Discover the Word!

God often answers our prayers in unexpected ways Part 7

Have you ever heard someone say, “Expect the unexpected”? Well, that’s one of the messages of the book of Habakkuk and it’s our subject today on Discover the Word. We’re learning that God often answers our prayers in unexpected ways! Be prepared to be surprised today on Discover the Word!

Discover how to pray fearlessly Part 8

What do we do when the “fear of the Lord” gets twisted, causing us to be afraid of God? Where is that coming from and how can we get back to having a proper perspective? Today, the team will open the book of Habakkuk to show us how to pray fearlessly in the love of God. The series “Major Prayers…

How is God speaking to you? Part 9

Have you ever found yourself in a one-sided conversation? It’s not really much of a conversation if you’re the only one talking! So, how do we have a conversation with God, and how should we expect to listen when He’s communicating back? Today on Discover the Word, the team takes us to the book of Habakkuk to see how God…

Even when God is silent he is up to something good Part 10

Prayer is such a powerful thing! Even when it seems like God is silent, He’s always up to something good. That’s the lesson Habakkuk learned, and it’s what we’ll see today on Discover the Word. Listen as our team concludes our discussion titled, “Major Prayers from a Minor Prophet” . . . today on Discover the Word!

Discover how brokenness can lead to abundant life Part 1

Today on Discover the Word, the team welcomes bestselling author Ann Voskamp to the table. They’ll be kicking off a new series of conversations based on Ann’s new book, called “The Broken Way.” It’s a discussion that reveals how it’s brokenness that can actually lead to the abundant life. Join the fascinating conversations the group has with Ann Voskamp, beginning today…

The Broken Way : A Daring Path into the Abundant Life

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New York Times best-selling author Ann Voskamp sits at the edge of her life and all of her own unspoken brokenness and asks: What if you really want to live abundantly before it's too late? What do you do if you really want to know abundant wholeness? This is the one begging question that’s behind every single aspect of our…

The Broken Way

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Best-selling author Ann Voskamp joins the group at the table to encourage us to discover…

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> Basics Of Faith

How do we share that the gospel really is “good news”? Part 5

The Bible tells us that Jesus came to bring abundant life! So how do we live that life with today’s post-Christian culture? And how do we best convince that culture that the gospel really is “good news”? Today on Discover the Word, we'll wrap up the first week of their series “Engagement” with Darrell Bock. Learn to effectively and biblically…

Sharing God’s grace in a whole new way Part 4

Ever wonder how to offer truth and love to a hostile culture? Today on Discover the Word, we continue our conversation with Darrell Bock, as we learn to share God’s grace in a whole new way. It’s a strategy we’d probably never come up with on our own. Be sure to join your friends at the table today on Discover the Word!

How do we engage a broken world? Part 3

How do we successfully engage a broken world? Today on Discover the Word, Darrell Bock shares with us that Christians don’t need to be perfect to be ambassadors for Christ. And pretending otherwise might have disastrous consequences. It’s a discussion about authentic transformation . . . today on Discover the Word!

> Bible Study

How can we use the wealth God has given us? Part 9

The Bible makes it clear that God calls us to offer care and compassion for the poor. The Old Testament prophets were burdened for the poor. In fact, Isaiah told God's people that it was better to help the needy than to fast.

Can we claim the Bible’s promises for ourselves? Part 3

The Bible is full of what sound like amazing promises from God. but do all those ancient assurances apply to us today? Join us as we continue investigating Psalm 91, and discover whether it contains promises we can claim for ourselves.

Discover Malchus’ small role in a grand story Part 3

We can learn a lot from the prominent characters in the Bible, people like David, Esther, and Peter. But sometimes the minor personalities in Scripture can have just as much impact!

> Christian Life

Responding to the One who gave us everything Part 10

Today on "Discover the Word," we conclude the two-week discussion about doing what we can for Jesus with what we’ve been given. Through Mary of Bethany’s courageous act of passionate devotion to Jesus, we’re invited to become part of the ongoing story. Mary is our example of how the world could change if each of us gave what we had in response to the One who gave us everything.

Ever feel like you're on the outside looking in? Part 9

Today on "Discover the Word," we continue to peel back the layers of the story of Mary of Bethany and the alabaster jar. What we discover is that Mary wasn’t the only outsider in that room full of religious men. Simon the Leper had been an outcast before Jesus healed him. Ever feel like you’re on the outside looking in? Then be part of the group today right here on "Discover the Word"!

Doing what we can with what we've been given Part 5

Today on "Discover the Word," we conclude week one of the discussion on doing what we can for Jesus with what we’ve been given. Today’s discussion contrasts the two women whose act of passionate devotion for Jesus led them both to anoint Him with perfume. One woman, Mary of Bethany, did this out of love with the purpose of preparing Jesus’ body for burial. The other woman anointed her Savior in grateful response to having been forgiven.

> Context

Context is king! Part 2

If your friends around the table could only give you one piece of advice about how to read and study the Bible, what do you think it would be? Most likely, it would be “Pay attention to the context!” and so today on "Discover the Word," we remember that context is king! Listen today on "Discover the Word"!

> Current Program

How what is happening in our lives is evidence of the fruit of the Spirit! Part 13

Even a bottle labeled “fruit juice” can contain a large amount of artificial fruit flavors. It proves we can be easily fooled by inferior imitations. Let's play the part of produce inspectors and look for evidence that what is happening in our lives is 100 percent fruit of the Spirit!

Let’s allow God to cultivate godly restraint in our lives Part 12

Whether it’s taking another slice of chocolate cake, or losing our temper when frustrated, self-control can be difficult to maintain. But it’s a virtue we all need! Our study of the fruit of the Spirit continues.

How biblical gentleness is the foundation of true strength Part 11

By the world’s standards, gentleness is a weakness, not a virtue! We’ve been taught it’s imperative we stand up for ourselves. Discover that biblical gentleness is not a sign of being feeble—it’s the foundation of true strength! We’re talking about one of the fruits of the Spirit.

> family tree

The women in Christ’s family tree Part 5

Jesus often startled people with unexpected and controversial actions. So it’s no wonder that even His heritage, listed in the book of Matthew, holds some surprises as well. Today, former "Discover the Word" hosts Haddon Robinson and Alice Mathews conclude a week-long dialogue with Dr. Kenneth Bailey about the women in Christ’s family tree. It’s from a classic "Discover the Word" episode that you won’t want to miss.

> Forgiveness

Our need for God’s love and forgiveness Part 5

Although God called David “a man after his own heart,” David still messed up, royally! But he also knew how to repent. Is having a heart after God about perfection or is it about understanding our need for God’s love and forgiveness? Today, we conclude our discussion with "Our Daily Bread for Kids" author Crystal Bowman, on how David learned to know God as a child. It’s a valuable discussion for any parent who wants to teach their child God’s ways.

> God as the good Shepherd

God's long-range perspective for growing us Part 5

Today on "Discover the Word," our special guest Margaret Feinberg helps us conclude our discussion about the surprising depth of some of the agrarian images used in the Bible. Today’s conversation comes out of a fruitful visit Margaret had with a vintner that showed her how the long-range perspective a vintner has for growing grapes is the same kind of long-range perspective God has for growing us.

Pruning the vine Part 4

Today on "Discover the Word," special guest Margaret Feinberg helps center our discussion on what Jesus actually meant when He talked about “pruning the vine.” Instead of whacking the vines with a machete, the vinedresser trims the vine gently, branch by branch. We continue our fascinating conversations about the agrarian images used in the Bible as Margaret tells us about time she spent with a vintner learning about “the fruit of the vine.”

Responding to only the Master's voice Part 1

Today we’re going to get a bit sheepish on "Discover the Word." And you’re invited to join the flock as our special guest Margaret Feinberg introduces us to some of the agricultural . . . or “agrarian” themes of the Bible. When Margaret interviewed a real-life shepherdess she discovered that sheep are hard wired to respond only to their master’s voice. Learn why the image of God as the Shepherd, and us as sheep is so powerful when you listen today on "Discover the Word"!

> God's provision

A miracle that demonstrates God’s provision Part 10

Today on "Discover the Word," we wind up a couple of weeks on “The Miraculous Life of Elisha” talking about a miracle that demonstrates God’s provision in a very personal way. Elisha’s miracles were largely public events. Until a distressed widow boldly asked Elisha to help her and her two sons. As we’ll see, the widow did what she could and through Elisha, God performed a miracle of multiplication. Another chapter in “The Miraculous Life of Elisha,” today on "Discover the Word"!

> Good judgment

David as a child learner Part 4

When David talked about “the law of God,” was he talking about the Ten Commandments or something more? Today on "Discover the Word," we will examine, along with "Our Daily Bread for Kids" author Crystal Bowman, Psalm 19 to find the answer. “David As a Child Learner,” that’s the topic today.

> Jewish culture

Behind the story of Zacchaeus Part 3

If you attended Sunday school, you’ve likely heard the story of Zacchaeus, the little man who climbed up a tree in order to see Jesus. But there’s a lot more to this simple story than meets the eye! Join former "Discover the Word" hosts Haddon Robinson and Alice Mathews as they welcome Dr. Kenneth Bailey for a discussion about the cultural nuances behind the story of Zacchaeus. Join us for this special classic episode on "Discover the Word"!

> Knowledge

David as a child learner Part 4

When David talked about “the law of God,” was he talking about the Ten Commandments or something more? Today on "Discover the Word," we will examine, along with "Our Daily Bread for Kids" author Crystal Bowman, Psalm 19 to find the answer. “David As a Child Learner,” that’s the topic today.

> Life Stories

Discover how God can transform our identities Part 4A

Names can stick with us for years. Perhaps you’ve had labels, nicknames, or reputations haunt you since childhood. Let's study why Jacob’s name made him an unlikely participant in God’s sovereign plan. Our study of Jacob continues.

How to be an advocate for peace Part 5

Caught up in a fight, it’s tempting to throw out accusations in order to win. But to bring a peaceful resolution, we really need to become advocates! Concluding our series on Abigail, and reflecting on how she prevented a deadly disagreement.

Perhaps you could use some help resolving a personal disagreement Part 4

Embroiled in conflict, it can feel like we’re held captive to our frustration, anger, and strong opinions. What we need is a good hostage negotiator! Let's look at Abigail as an example of biblical conflict negotiation.

> Ministry And Outreach

A thought-provoking conversation on evangelism Part 5

This week we've been talking about how to share the gospel in a pluralistic culture. It's the same challenge that the apostle Paul faced in his day.

How Paul related to a pluralistic culture Part 1

Our world is changing, and change is difficult. So what should our attitude be as we face all the changes in the culture around us? Join us as we start a new series in Acts 17, calling Christians to engage the world.

> Pure Religion

How real religion helps us survive tough times Part 5

In the book of James, we find a radical definition of religion. True religion is not simply knowing about God, but rather, trusting in God. Join us today on "Discover the Word" as we conclude our series on "Pure Religion."

What we need most when our faith is tested Part 4

When painful trials put your faith to the test, what is the one thing you need most? Join our special guest, Mark Young, on "Discover the Word" as we discuss why God's wisdom is essential in trying times.

The greater purpose our trials serve Part 3

Life is full of trials. Some are small frustrations and others are painful roadblocks. On our program today, our special guest Mark Young explains how our trials help us see God better. Join us today and learn how to look past the pain!

> Relationships

Entering the kingdom like a child Part 4

Jesus’s disciples argued about who was going to be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, until Jesus told them that to enter that kingdom they had to become like a child. So what exactly did He mean by that? Today we, along with our guest, "Our Daily Bread for Kids" author Crystal Bowman examine Matthew 18 to find the answer.

Important lessons for our own lives Part 6

You’re invited to join the group today on "Discover the Word" as we explore a few Bible stories about water. John baptizing Jesus . . . Moses turning bitter waters into sweet . . . Christ at the well with the Samaritan woman . . . and the prophet Elisha purifying the waters of Jericho. It’s a theme that has important lessons for our own lives.

Why Jesus sees us as Beautiful Part 10

Hello Beautiful! If someone said that to you, would you look behind you to see who they were really talking to? Since 96 percent of women surveyed don’t see themselves as beautiful, this would be a common reaction. We'll make the case that “beautiful” is the way God made us to be. We may feel ugly, but Jesus sees us as beautiful. Do you believe that?

> sacrifice

The perfect sacrifice completed on the cross Part 4

Jesus’s death on the cross appeared to be a failed rescue mission. Yet, His final words, “It is finished,” meant the perfect sacrifice had been completed once and for all. Today on "Discover the Word," we will explore the ancient Jewish context of sacrifice. It will give you a deeper understanding of Christ’s atonement for your own sins. That’s today on "Discover the Word"!